Chefs Richard Chamberlain, David Holben, Jim Severson. Seated, Fred & Jan Oberlaender.
Tim & Terri Gallagher
Belinda & Felix Lozano
Gary & Nancy Brown, Laura & Eric Hutto
Mike & Diane Gruber, Kim & Greg Hext
Gretchen & John Bookwalter
Mark Johnson, Ani & Pedro Nosnik
Mike & Jana Brosin, Keli & Mike Jenkins
Richard & Mary Covington
Scott & Debbie Mair
Tim Wallace, Ron Haddock, Lance Davis
Trisha & Rick Allen
Justin Miller, Sadie Wainwright, Keli & Mike Jenkins, Andrew & Lauren Gachkar
Mark & Pam Okada
Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Kate Rose Marquez, Kristen Sanger
Melissa Cameron, Mark Johnson, Midge Epstein
Mike & Barbara Smith, Steve & Melissa Grimshaw
The numbers are astonishing: 1,200 guests, 18 top chefs, wine pairings from 30 leading wineries, 620 silent auction wine lots and proceeds of a whopping $4.6 million. Once again, the American Heart Association Dallas chapter’s Côtes du Coeur scored the most successful AHA fundraising evening in the country with net proceeds of $4 million.
Applause for gala chairs Kelly and David Pfeil, executive leadership team chair Barbara Smith, logistics chairs Terri Gallagher and Kim Hext, and chef chair Richard Chamberlain, whose stroke in the culinary community guaranteed a grand dinner at the Omni Hotel.
Count Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, Jim Severson of Sevy’s, Carl Murray of Nobu, John Tesar of Knife, Stephen Rogers of Gemma, Dan Landberg of Dragonfly, Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum, and Alex Astranti of Uchi among the notable top toques participating.
While the highly-regarded Merry Edwards Winery was the Tête du Cuvée honoree, featured wines included Beringer, Etude, Ramey and Sequoia Grove and more, making this the best wine evening of any charity event in the city.
With all the good food and drink, generous patrons were inspired to raise their paddles high during the Open Your Heart appeal with more than $1.5 million raised in during just that. Live auction items were hot as well with deep-pocketed guests vying for luxurious packages ranging from vineyard experiences to Dallas Cowboys tickets. The highest bid went for an exclusive trip to Paris for a private tour of the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. It sold twice, both times for $110,000. The second highest bid went for a VIP weekend package to the Merry Edwards Winery in California’s Russian River Valley. That jaunt sold twice as well.
Wining and dining: Côtes du Coeur founder Bob Hillert; American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and husband Gary; plus Cammie Lee Heflin, Mary Parker, Carol Holmes, Nancy Gopez, Diane and Hal Brierley, Kristen and Ladd Sanger, Kim Lewis-Gleason, Kate Rose Marquez, Scott Ellington, Patrick Fox, Bill Hogg, and Brent Russell.